Governor Emmanuel reiterates dedication to growth of MSMEs in Akwa Ibom – AREWAAFFAIRS
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Governor Emmanuel reiterates dedication to growth of MSMEs in Akwa Ibom



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The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has restated his dedication to creating an enabling setting for the event of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises within the state. The Governor made the assertion on Friday, 18th December 2020 on the certification dinner of batch three of the My Entrepreneurship Targets Programme (MEGP) a enterprise and entrepreneurship coaching programme organized by the State Authorities for entrepreneurs within the state.

Represented by the everlasting secretary, Ministry of labour and manpower growth, Mrs Valerie Obot, Governor Emmanuel stated his administration was dedicated to supporting start-ups and rising companies. In his phrases, “I want to reiterate my administration’s dedication to supporting start-ups and rising companies as a part of our efforts to make sure wealth and job creation for the youth to spice up the economic well being of the State”

The state Governor listed the Ibom 3000, the MEGP, in addition to different capability constructing efforts by his administration as a effectively conceived and concerted effort to flood the economic system with knowledgeable and effectively educated entrepreneurs who he stated would service the ever rising variety of industries within the state.

Talking additional, the State’s helmsman congratulated the 200 graduating entrepreneurs for following via the pains of coaching and popping out profitable. He nevertheless recommendation them to position extra premium on abilities acquired somewhat than the certificates given; “I need to nevertheless, advise the trainee-graduates that their successful edge in enterprise just isn’t the certificates acquired however their means to unravel issues” he stated.

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Earlier in his remarks, the SSA to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Advertising and marketing and Model Administration, Mr Ime Uwah stated the MEGP had over time offered a free platform for budding entrepreneurs within the state to accumulate the wanted enterprise training and publicity to alternatives for enterprise help, strategic partnership, mentoring and market linkages. Uwah stated the programme was extremely efficient, judging from the optimistic feedbacks cascading via the subsistence of the programme.

Uwah thanked the state Governor for his curiosity in entrepreneurship and enterprise growth as evident within the numerous human capability growth effort of the administration of which MEGP is part. He stated the seeds of entrepreneurship training sown at the moment would germinate to develop into profitable companies tomorrow, which might see Akwa Ibom State turning into commercially lively.

In her remarks the SA to Governor on Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana appreciated the State administration of Small and Medium Enterprise Growth Company of Nigeria (SMEDAN), the Exco of the MEGP Alumni Community for collaborating with the Directorate of Advertising and marketing and Model Administration to make sure the success of the MEGP.

The My Entreneurship Targets Programme, a 9 week intensive enterprise coaching programme focused at youths in Begin up and Rising companies within the State commenced on the 27th October, 2020 and rounded up on the 18th December, 2020.

The excessive level of the occasion was the presentation of certificates to members and induction of members into the MEGP Alumni Community.

The occasion additionally featured the presentation of money prizes to winners of the MEGP MSME Pitch Deck 2020. The winners, Mr Church Mfon and Mrs Utibe Akwa took residence 5 hundred thousand Naira (N500 000) and 200 and fifty thousand naira (N250 000) respectively, for rising tops within the Present Enterprise and Early begin up classes respectively.
The primary runners up within the Present Enterprise Class and the early begin up class went residence with 200 and fifty thousand naira (N250 000) and 100 and fifty thousand naira (N150 000) respectively, whereas the third place contestants took residence comfort prizes of fifty thousand naira every.

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In an interplay with newsmen, a few of the members expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the Governor and administration of the Directorate of Advertising and marketing & Model Administration for the training, publicity and the alternatives that include it.

Different dignitaries that attended the MEGP certification dinner have been the SSA Youth Issues, Comrade Ani Iwa Udofia, Director of manpower planning within the Ministry of Labour, Productiveness and Man Energy Planning; and Mr. Akin Oyediran, MD JSM, SMEDAN State Coordinator, Lucy Ekpenyong, amongst others.

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Out of college youngsters drops from 10m to 6m in 2020 – FG




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*Receives $611m mortgage from World Financial institution to bankroll UBE

By Joseph Erunke

 THE variety of out-of-school youngsters within the nation which stood at 10.1 million in 2019,decreased drastically to six.946 million in 2020,the federal authorities has mentioned.

Minister of Training, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this,Thursday,in Abuja,on the annual Ministerial press briefing on the ministry’s actions in 2020, attributed the event to the variety of measures undertaken by authorities to make sure enrollment of kids.

In keeping with him,the sum of $611 million secured by means of the World Financial institution credit score facility to assist Common Primary Training (UBE), recorded an enormous enrollment of out-of-school youngsters in 17 states.

Adamu,who additionally disclosed that efforts of the Nationwide Affiliation of Proprietors and College House owners of Nigeria,NAPSON, alone noticed to the enrollment of 1 million youngsters, additionally famous that 900,000 Nigerians had been “taken off the shelve” of grownup illiterates in 2020.

The minister mentioned extra out-of-school youngsters can be enrolled in class in 2021, including that $500 million mortgage was secured from  World Financial institution credit score facility to drive the Adolescent Women Initiative for Studying and Empowerment (AGILE) programme, to make sure women had been taken off the streets, skilled and empowered to stay regular and high quality lives.

He mentioned:“Thus far, now we have launched the BESDA in ten states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, Kano, Kebbi, Oyo, Yobe, Niger and Zamfara, he added.

“As at the moment, now we have recorded spectacular faculty enrolment figures in 17 states of the federation the place BESDA is being applied. I can nevertheless inform you that by means of the BESDA iniyiative, now we have decreased the determine of  Out of College Kids from 10.1 million since Could final 12 months down to six.946, 328 million.”

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Talking on authorities’s efforts at making certain tutorial stability within the nation’s universities, Adamu,who mentioned the federal authorities by means of the Tertiary Training Belief Fund,TETFund, dedicated about N400 billion to the event of Infrastructure in tertiary establishments throughout the nation,berated Educational Employees Union of Universities,ASUU,and different associations throughout the college system of not reciprocating her funding in schooling.

In keeping with him, the mentioned quantity was completely different from the N1.three trillion the current administration spent on capital expenditure within the nation tertiary establishments.

Hear him:“Throughout my briefing in Could final 12 months, I advised you that the Administration of President Muhammed Buhari has dedicated a complete of N1.three trillion of capital expenditure in our tertiary establishments. Within the final one 12 months, TETfund has dedicated a complete of over 300 an ninety 5 billion to the event of infrastructure in tertiary establishments. That is apart from some budgetary allocations and revitalization funds to universities.”

The Minister said that within the final 5 years, Buhari’s administration has invested roughly N1.7 trillion in tertiary establishments with the colleges taking two third of the whole sum.

He lamented that regardless of of the massive dedication by the administration, ASUU has been on strike for nearly a 12 months over the Built-in Personnel Payroll Data System (IPPIS) however nevertheless excited that the strike has ended.

Talking on the revitalization of the instructing career insurance policies as permitted and its take- date, the Minister mentioned,  “Let me say that there will likely be no uniform take-off date for all of the insurance policies.

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In keeping with him,  the efficient dates of different insurance policies will likely be introduced subsequently after the submission of the report of the Nationwide Coordinating Committees.

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DHQ denies terrorists overrun of army base in Borno




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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), on Thursday denied media experiences that terrorists had overrun a army base in Marte Native Authorities Space (LGA), of Borno between Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.

Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, made the clarification, whereas giving replace on army operations within the final one week, geared toward addressing present insecurity challenges throughout the nation.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), experiences that the Boko Haram/Islamic West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, had tried to assault troops’ location on the outskirts of Marte, however have been repelled.

The troops eradicated various them and destroyed 13 gun vans belonging to the terrorists.

Enenche defined: “The story going spherical because it have been that the bottom (at Marte) was taken over is just not true. The attackers got here in by means of one of many test factors at a filling station.

“Once they got here to that test level so as to assault, the troops there needed to do what we name tactical withdrawal.

“That tactical withdrawal is to maneuver away in order that they (terrorists) can now go into the killing floor.

“At instances, we have now to tug out and draw them into the killing floor, that’s what we did and it achieved consequence. Once you try this (tactical withdrawal), you now name for air assist.

“A number of of them have been killed; 13 gun vans have been destroyed on the finish of the day.’’

The coordinator added that the capabilities of the insurgents within the North East have been being degraded as they not had freedom of motion inside the theatre of operation.

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Equally, Enenche stated that between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, troops of Operation Delta Protected, tackling financial crimes within the South South Zone, demobilised six unlawful refining websites and 11 picket boats.

He stated that additionally they demobilised 52 Gee Pee tanks, 102 steel tanks, 17 dugout pits and 45 ovens.

Enenche stated that the troops arrested 24 suspects and recovered 14 pumping machines, two pace boats and 13 outboard.

“Moreover, a complete of 9,856.1 barrels of stolen crude oil and 1,339,000 litres of illegally refined AGO (Automated Gasoline oil), in addition to 500,000 litres of DPK (Twin Objective Kerosene) have been recovered.’’

He stated that an unlawful refining website at Egwa Creek in Warri South West Native Authorities of Space of Delta, was de-activated by the Nigerian Navy.

Based on him, the illegally refining website had seven refining items (ovens), 16 steel storage tanks, 84,000 litres and 105,000 litres of merchandise, suspected to be illegally refined AGO and stolen crude oil respectively.

Through the interval beneath evaluation within the North West, Enenche stated that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralised 35 bandits and recovered 24 rustled cows and unspecified variety of sheep.

He stated that additionally they arrested two suspected bandits’ collaborators, Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani.

Within the North Central, Enenche stated that troops arrested two suspects in Plateau and recovered one regionally fabricated AK47 rife from them, one in Kaduna State and one suspected kidnapper in Nasarawa State. (NAN)

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LASU restricts college students’ motion on campus –




LASU crisis: Sanw-Olu cancels ongoing appointment of VC, orders fresh process within 45 days
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By Adesina Wahab

The choice was taken on Thursday at an emergency assembly of the administration, in accordance with a press release by the Centre for Data Press and Public Relations, CIPPR. 

Following the choice, college students aren’t anticipated on campus any time sooner than 6.30 am and should go away newest by 6.30 pm.

As at now, the principle campus has no official lodging for college kids.

The assertion learn, “Following the studies of some disagreeable incidents bordering on insecurity across the College fundamental Campus, Ojo, the College Administration at emergency assembly on Thursday, 21st January, 2021, directed the restriction of motion of scholars out and in of the College Campus to between the hours of 6:30a.m and 6:30p.m each day.

“By this directive, college students are anticipated to reach on Campus *on the earliest by 6:30a.m and vacate the premises newest by 6:30pm.*

College students who want to keep again on Campus to learn in a single day *should even be on the Campus at 6:30p.m on the newest, and won’t be allowed to go away till 6:30a.m the next day.

“The College Administration urges all college students, to proceed to be safety acutely aware in view of worsening safety scenario within the nation.”

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